Kraig is a dedicated professional with 20 years of success in solving problems and representing clients in various labor and employment law concerns. His “sub-specialties” include union avoidance, grievance arbitration, employment policies development, as well as wage and hour matters, including state and federal prevailing wage compliance.

Background

Kraig discovered in college that he possessed an affinity for problem solving and reasoned arguments. A lifelong learner with strong conservative principles, he naturally gravitated to labor law for his life’s work. While in law school, he excelled in labor and employment law, which prompted him to seek and obtain a Master of the Laws degree in Labor Law. He puts his talents to good use consulting with and representing management side clientele in all of their labor and employment law concerns.

Career Highlights

  • Kraig has successfully handled union organizing campaigns with dozens of the nation's most powerful unions, chalking up an impressive win rate
  • Was selected to represent many of the nation’s leading corporations before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Proven track record of success in various wage and hour cases before both federal and state Departments of Labor
  • Served as co-counsel in public-policy litigation cases challenging the constitutionality of several anti-competitive and restrictive laws involving project labor agreements, prevailing wage, apprenticeship regulations, and discriminatory bidding
  • Frequent featured presenter at seminars and events for organizations such as the National Labor Relations Board Bernard Gottfried Labor Law Symposium, Valley Society of Human Resource Managers, Saginaw, Midland and Mt. Pleasant County Chambers of Commerce, and the Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Author of numerous published articles on labor and employment law
  • Graduate of Great Lakes Bay Leadership Institute
  • Board Member and Officer for numerous civic organizations, including the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce (Executive Committee), Valley Society of Human Resource Managers (President), Great Lakes Bay Economics Club (President), and the Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers' Association
  • Adjunct professor at Davenport University teaching business law and related courses

Kraig M. Schutter

Kraig M. Schutter

Partner

Education

  • Master of the Laws in Labor Law, Wayne State University Law School
  • Juris Doctor, with emphasis in labor and employment law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Double Major (History/Social Science), Central Michigan University

Jurisdiction

  • All federal and state courts for the State of Michigan, including the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court.

Hobbies and Interests

Kraig enjoys sports of all kinds. Although his Joe Namath knees no longer allow for much basketball, he is often spotted on area golf courses. Kraig loves to vacation with family and friends and especially enjoys trips on his motorcycle. He has ridden his Harley Davidson Fatboy throughout the country and has a penchant for riding in the mountains. He has conquered the Black Hills, Rockies, Adirondacks, Catskills, Ouachita, Bighorn, Allegheny, Ozark, Beartooth, Blue Ridge, and Smoky Mountains. When the motorcycle is not an option, he enjoys sailing, snowmobiling, and scuba diving. On his most recent scuba adventure, he was bitten several times while diving with sharks; fortunately, only various reef fish were biting that day. In his spare time, Kraig also enjoys studying history, political science, economics, and philosophy. Life as he knows it would come to an end if the History Channel, National Geographic Channel, or Discovery Channel were dropped from his cable package.

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“Simply put, I am hardwired for assisting management clients in their labor and employment law problems and disputes. As a young man growing up in a middle class family, I saw my father start two small businesses. While he succeeded in growing his businesses, I observed firsthand the struggles he experienced with a burdensome, and often overreaching, federal and state regulatory system. When I see our clients similarly ensnared in the intricate web of labor and employment laws, it triggers a desire to assist, whether in the form of expert consultation toward compliance, or aggressive representation in defense of a claim.” – Kraig M. Schutter Partner

Industry Experience

  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Financial Institutions
  • Services
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing/Industrial
  • Education
  • Public Entities
  • Insurance
  • Health Care